Product Description: This Panzer Shooting Lanyard Plaque is a pristine and very attractive piece. It was manufactured to adorn a Panzer marksmanship lanyard, though it does not appear to have ever been used; it is in near mint condition. The obverse is bare aluminum, and is extremely clean, with no evident wear. The design is similar to that of the Panzer Assault Badge, with a Panzer tank that is emerging from the wreath and cut-out fields above and below it. It has gorgeous detail, and probably looks just as it did the day it was made. The reverse of this Panzer Shooting Lanyard Plaque is also perfect, with all four of the crimped in brass alloy prongs still present. There is little or no age patina present, and there is no manufacturer marking. This eye-catching emblem would add visual appeal to a display, and is in near mint condition.
Historical Description: Marksmanship was a highly valued skill in the militaristic culture of the Third Reich. For soldiers, of course, this skill was taught and trained, and soldiers were expected to achieve marksmanship proficiency. Members of paramilitary organizations such as the Hitler Youth also trained with the use of weapons, and of course there were civilian shooting clubs that held events and competitions as well. There was a myriad of different kinds of marksmanship awards that were used to recognize this skill. In the SS, and early in the German Wehrmacht, sleeve insignia was used in different patterns to display different levels of rifle qualification. Later, the Heer and Luftwaffe used special lanyards for this purpose. Heer and Luftwaffe lanyards used distinctive emblem patterns, as did the Panzer branch of the Heer. The lanyards were produced in many different grades for which a soldier could qualify and were not worn on the field uniform. Because of this, issue of these lanyards was discontinued around the start of WWII. Civilian and paramilitary groups had their own wide array of different marksmanship awards, ranging from pins and badges to non-portable medals and award plaques.
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